Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Vatican 2015
Pontificate of Pope Francis

ISSUE DATE: 19 February 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 0.80€, 0.95€,  2.30€, 3.00€
STAMP SIZE: 27 mm x 48.26 mm
SHEET SIZE: 168mm x 128mm

The images reproduced on the stamps offer a special tribute to the ministry of Pope Francis by highlighting his reflections and homilies. The 0.80€, value shows the Holy Father smiling during the General Audience of 21 May 2014, when during his catechesis he thanked the Holy Spirit for the gift of knowledge. He said knowledge is not only about understanding the laws that regulate nature and the universe, but also appreciating the greatness and love of God and his profound relationship with every creature. On the 0.95€ postage stamp, the Holy Father tenderty caresses a newbom during the Generai Audience of 4 June 2014. A few days later, Pope Francis spoke again on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, focusing on piety. This gift is not to be identified with having compassion far someone, rather, it indicates our belonging to God and our profound relationship with Him. 

The image on the 2.30€, postage stamp is from 29 June 2014, since ancient times, the day the Church of Rome celebrates the Apostles Peter and Paul. In his homily, Pope Francis recalled how they both welcomed Christ's love and let themselves be transformed by his mercy, becoming brothers first, and then martyrs. God is always able to transform us, and if by chan- ce we were to tali into serious sin and the dark night of the soul, He can forgive us ali, transforming our a dawn of light. 

The darkness into 3.00€, postage stamp shows the Pope gathered in prayer on the Assumption of Our Lady on 15 August 2013, the day he recalled a be- autiful meditation on Mary Most Holy from the Second Vatican Council: "The immaculate Virgin preserved free from ali stain of originai s in, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly lite was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over ali things".